There was a time when I honestly liked the Oscars and felt that the nominations and the awards were as important as they think they are. But lately it has become very obvious that every year there are some terrible snubs and some questionable winners, especially in the best picture category.
Of course, the Oscars are just another #Hollywood award show that's decided by a very small group of Academy members that will always fail to represent the diversity of the actual viewers who enjoy the film industry and actually go to movie theaters. So, lets take a look at some of the big problems with the nominations and the awards.
1. For the second year in a row, every acting nominee at the Academy Awards is white
Oscar contenders such as Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Tessa Thompson (Creed), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), and Will Smith (Concussion) all missed out on nominations Thursday morning. Also, Straight Outta Compton and Creed were left off the list of Best Picture nominees despite being two of the biggest films of the year.
2. Some of the biggest movies of the year were completely ignored
The top grossing films of 2015 were completely shut out of the best picture category, namely Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Furious 7, and even in some other categories such as best song in which the Furious 7 hit song ''See you Again'' was snubbed even after the huge success.
Of course, blockbusters are hardly ever nominated for the best picture category and these aren't the People Choice Awards, but may I ask why it would be so bad to nominate some of the biggest films of the year in terms of viewers? Especially after expanding the films in the category from the former five slots.
The biggest thing here is that most people haven’t seen even half of the nominated films for Best Picture, and while I completely understand that it's important for small and independent films to be recognized and indeed some of the nominees are better than most of the top grossing films, the bottom line is: why can't they mix things up and not have a small group of films that don't represent the overall audience and public?
3. The Oscar curse
Most people think that winning an Oscar might be the greatest thing for someone’s career, but the somewhat credible Oscar curse is real in many cases, and, more disturbingly, it seems especially true for African American actors. If you don't believe me, take a look at the acting careers of Cuba Gooding Jr, Monique, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, and Jennifer Hudson after their wins.
Of course, the curse has many other casualties with other winners like Marcia Gay Harden, Roberto Benigni, Adrien Brody, Jennifer Connelly, Catherine Zeta Jones, Timothy Hutton, Mira Sorvino, Patricia Arquette, and Penelope Cruz (just to name a few). All of these bright stars arguably had their best films before their wins.